Reading Comprehension 53


Answer the questions according to the reading.

Laura Redden Searing

Can you imagine a deaf woman writing stories about a war? Well, Laura Redden Searing did this. Moreover, she went to foreign countries to write stories. She was very ill when she was 11 years old. Because of this, she lost her hearing. She went to the Missouri School for the Deaf. Laura was 19 years old when she went to work for a newspaper. She wrote about people, places, and art. In 1859, most women were wives and mothers. They did not work outside the home; otherwise, their husbands would be angry. Due to this feeling, Laura used a man's name when she wrote her stories. She called herself Howard Glyndon. She thought that unless she used a man's name, people would be hostile since they did not think that women should write for newspapers. However, she would have no trouble provided that people did not know she was a woman.

1. According to the passage, Laura Redden ----.

A) got ill because of her parents
B) was quite sad when she found out that she would be deaf
C) did something incredible despite her handicap
D) was a deep supporter of feminism during her lifetime
E) wrote mainly about the sufferings of women


2. It is implied in the passage that in the 19th century, women ----.

A) were sent to the Missouri School for being Deaf
B) didn't have as an active role in the society as men
C) regarded themselves higher than men
D) didn't agree on what to do to gain equality
E) found employment as easily as men


3. It is easy to infer from the passage that ----.

A) Laura wasn't liked by her readers much
B) writing wasn't an easy task for Laura
C) Howard Glyndon was Laura's close friend
D) being a female was an advantage for an author
E) mothers and wives were treated in a humane way


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